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you found them weak? Have you not often been driven to your wit's end by the probing questions or ready answers of these silly and deluded women and children? How then do you expect to conquer ? If finally by the sword, why delay. Commence the work of butchery to-day. Every hour you procrastinate, witnesses an increase of your victims-a defection from your ranks, and an augmentation in numbers and influence of those you wish to destroy. You profess to be republicans. Have you ever asked yourselves what you are doing for the principles you profess to revere? In the name of sacred Liberty, I call upon you to pause. I conjure you,

• By every hallowed niarne,
That ever led your sires to fame :'-

pausė, and see whither your present deeds are tending, Be honest-be just-just to yourselves, just to us, before you condemn us, still more, before you seek to destroy us, Search us, and know our hearts ; try us, and know our thoughts, and see if there be


in us.

Condemn us not unheard. "Strike, but hear.' Remember, too, that your violence will effect nothing while the liberty of the press remains. While the principles and opinions of abolitionists, as promulgated in their journals, are carried on the wings of the wind over sea and land, you do but give a wider circulation to those principles and opinions by your acts of violence and blood. You awaken the desire the determination to know and understand what

these babblers say.' Be prepared, therefore, to violate the constitution by annihilating the Liberty of the Press.

In this place it may not be inappropriate to introduce a passage from an able letter, recently addressed by the eloquent M. de Chateaubriand to the French Chamber of Deputies, while that body were advocating the recent law for imposing severe restrictions on the French press :

• I could, (says he,) if I wishe:', crush you under the weight of your origin, and show you to be faithless to yourselves, to your past actions and language. But I spare you the reproaches which the whole world heaps upon you. I call not upon you to give an account of the oaths you have taken. ! will merely tell you that you have not arrived at the end of your task, and that in the perilous career you have entered upon-following the example of other governments which have met with destruction-you must go on

till you arrive at the abyss. You have done nothing till you establish the censorship ; nothing but that, can be efficacious against the liberty of the press. A violent law may kill the man, but the censorship alone kills the idea, and this latter it is which ruins your system. Be prepared, then, to ese tablish the censorship, and be assured that on the day on which you do establish it you will perish.'

In concluding this lenghtened communication, let me exhort you, my beloved brother, to be of good cheer,' and to exercise unwavering confidence in the God your servem the God of Jacob, and of Elijah, and of Daniel-of all who, with singleness, prefer the faithful discharge of duty, and its consequences, to the suggestions of expediency, and the favor of the world. He is able to deliver you in the hour of peril, and give you the victory over all your enemies. To Him resort for refuge. He will be a hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. To all, who with you are waging this holy war, I would say ;-Let not passing events move you. The turbulence and malignity of your opponents prove the potency and purity of your cause. But yesterday the abolitionists were esteemed few, mean, silly, and contemptible. Now they are of sufficient importance to arouse and fix the attention of the entire country, and earth and hell are ransacked for weapons and recruits, with which to fight the ignorant, imbecile, superannuated and besotted believe ers in the doctrines of immediate emancipation. This is a good sign. An unequivocal compliment to the divinity of your principles. • Ye are not of the world, therefore, the world hateth you.

Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad ; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.' Let your motto be · ONWARDS !' You have already accomplished much. You have awakened the country from its guilty slumber. You can reckon upon three hundred Auxiliary Associations, embracing a large portion of the effective moral energy of the land. The churches of the North are taking right ground upon the question. The principles of abolition are diffused through most of the seminaries of learning. The females of America are nobly devoting themselves to this work of mercy, regardless of the

malignity of their heartlesss and unmanly persecutors. Onwards, therefore! A few years will witness an entire change in the sentiments of the American people, and those who are now drawn up in opposition to your philanthropic movement, will blush to acknowledge the dishonorable part they have enacted. A voice, from the other side of the Atlantic, says, Onwards! You are supported by the prayers and sympathies of Great Britain. The abolitionists of the British empire are with you. They are the friends of the peace, happiness and glory of your country, and earnestly desire the arrival of the day, when, having achieved a victory over Slavery in this continent, you will join them in efforts for its abolition throughout the world. While you pray fervently for strength in the day of conflict, pray also for grace to bear yourselves with meekness and charity towards those who oppose you. Pursue your holy object in the Spirit of Christ, giving no offence in any thing, that the (cause) be not (justly) blamed, but in all things approving yourselves as the servants of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings ; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report, as deceivers, and yet true ; as unknown, and yet well known ; as dying, and behold you live ; as chastened, and not killed ; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.'

Your affectionate friend,

and devoted fellow-laborer,



NOVEMBER 27, 1335. My Dear Garrison :

As it is probable I shall not be many hours on shore, and as you will doubtless expect to hear from me before I sail, I snatch an hour to send you a hurried letter. The following is a very brief account of my movements since I bid you farewell.

On Sunday, Nov. 8th, at noon went on board the British Brig Satisfaction—the day remarkably fine-dropped sluggishlyd own the stream. At five, discharged the pilot, and at midnight were off the lights of Cape Ann.

Monday, 9ih. Had a fair breeze and a fine run along the coast.

Tuesday, 10th. At one o'clock, P. M. off Grand Manan Island. Took on board a pilot—went into long Island Bay, where we dropped anchor for the night.

Wednesday, 11th. Set sa:l from Long Island Bay, and at 2 o'clock, P. M. came to anchor in Passamaquoddy Bay, off St. Andrews. Had a tremendous gale all night. Had we been on the outside of the harbor it is all but certain that we should have been cast away.

Thursday, 12th. At half past 10, A. M. the captain, pilot, and myself got into the ship's boat, and, after an hour's pull, landed at St. Andrews. I took lodgings at a quiet, well-conducted boarding-house-the proprietor and lady from England. Until the following Wednesday night

found ample employment in arranging the vast quantity of evidence, upon the subject of slavery, which I have brought from the United States. I have now six bulky volumes filled with extracts taken from Northern and Sothern papers, besides a large quantity of tracts, pamph


lets, volumes, &c. &c., and a great number of Southern newspapers, which I have preserved entire, with full accounts of Anti-Abolition meetings-sales of negroes-rewards offered for the advocates of the slave, &c. &c. I have also some of the inflammatory hand bills circulated in Boston, Salem, and New York, and some placards, advertising slaves for sale, and setting forth the 'honesty,' industry,' skill,' sobriety, and 'value' of those

wretched beings,' who, if delivered from the yoke of bondage, ‘would not be able to take care of themseves.' I have, besides, about two thousand four hundred AntiSlavery newspapers, besides reports, magazines, records, Slaves' Friend, &c. &c.; also a full set of the African Repository, and reports of the Colonization Society. I have made every necessary arrangement for the safe transmission to England of whatever documents may enable me to illustrate the state of the abolition question in the progress of that mighty reformation, which, under God, you and your honored associates are carrying forward.

On Thursday, the 19th, at seven o'clock, A. M. I went on board the Maid of the Mist, Steamer, and at half past five, P M. reached the city of St. John, where I found our kind and devoted friend,

- with a host of communications from your city, and other parts, all breathing the warmest affection, and evincing unshaken courage in the great conflict. My custom-house business, packing, &c. are now done, and I am now ready to step on board the vessel whenever the word is given. I have experienced the greatest kindness during my short sojourn in New Brunswick. In this place I have been most urgently entreated to deliver a lecture upon the present aspect of affairs in the United States; but owing to the uncertainty respecting the time of my departure, and the overwhelming press of correspondence, which requires my attention, I have declined.

A host of thoughts rush upon my brain-a tumlt of emotions swell my breast,


my pen lingers over the sheet designed for you. What can I say, my dear brother? My heart is too full for utterance upon paper. I find myself at all times inadequate to the expression of my feelings in epistolary communication ; and, on this occasion, I am more than ordinarily embarrassed. However, I am writing

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